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Scotts Hill Pioneers Honored (Continued from Page 1) the restoration began and was planning to build a modern home on the place for her retirement. Not an "Austin," she was naturally not interested in a new road through her farm. But she offered to change her plans and sell the farm to relatives with personal interest in the project. Dr. Paul E. Wylie of Jackson, a great-great-grandson of the Charles Asutins, bought the farm and offered full and free access for the cemetery development. Word went out at once to relatives as far away as Nashville and Memhpis for a big "working" on Sept. 21 with a picnic lunch together at midday. A few days before, Roy Med-lin, dozer operator of nearby Sardis, cleared the graveyard plot of undergrowth, removed scrub and surplus trees and reshaped the adjoining trace of the old public road. "This is a Medlin contribution to our collateral Austin kinfolks," Roy beamed when asked his charges. "This project is the finest thing I ever heard of." On the big work day, upwards of a hundred Austin cousins, old and young, were on hand. They were mostly nearby resident, but Sardis, Cedar Grove, Saltillo, Decaturville, Parsons, Lexington, Jackson, Nashville, Memphis and even Texas were represented. When the dinner bell rang, workers joined the score of older "honor guests" for a bounteous lunch from baskets brought by the 30-odd families. Jesse B. Austin, Church of Christ preacher and retired high school principal of this place, read from the 150-year old Charles Asutin Bible. Hol-lis Scott, Memphis realtor and religious leader, gave the invocation. Short talks were made by C. S. Austin, retired educator and minister born and reared here, and Larimore Austin, his son, a member of the Metro Planning Commission, both of Nashville; Hugh A. Powers, longtime Henderson County farm agent and TV A official, now retired, of Lexington; Miss Pearl Deen, retired school administrator of Memphis; Gordon H. Turner, former high school principal here and now a member of Gov. Frank Clement's Industrial Develop m e n t Staff in Nashville; and others. Special tributes went to a dozen or more older "Austin Cousins" some of whom are well past the 80-year mark. Included were: Mrs. Ora Austin (John) Fanning formerly of Jackson, now of Lexington; her sisters, Mrs. Maude Austin (Will) Rushing of Reagan, Mrs. Maggie Austin (Bill) Haney of Medina and Mrs. Jane Austin (P. E.) Thompson of Saltillo; Mrs. Elsby Austin (W. S.) Record of Jackson; Mrs. Acenah Deen (Dick) Person, formerly of Jackson, and her sister Miss Pearl Deen, both now of Memphis; C. S. Austin, Nashville; Miss Ida Scott, Miss Dona Clenney, Miss Mattie Jones, Mrs. Mintie Clenney, Mrs. Sarah O'Neal, Mrs. Fannie Allen and Mrs. Lucy Austin, all of this place; Mrs. Nettie Austin (Luther) Bivens of Sardis; Hugh A. Powers; Will Rushing, Joe K. Walker, Bethel Springs; and Moss Arnold, Parsons. Later fall saw further improvements made. Walkways were laid out, to be bordered with boxwoods and rustic "National Park style" benches by spring. Clifford Montgomery, local farmer, limed the plot gratis with his heavy commercial equipment as "just a neighbor and friend of the Austins." Hulon Grice, local farmer, disced the area with power equipment. Then Jess White, with his mule-drawn section harrow put on finishing touches before Virgil Magers, Clifford Clenney, Jerry Kirby and Joe Minton sowed the area to blue grass, creeping fescue, white clover and rye grass. More recently the proposed fence was laid out, to be of white planks in front, and the remainder woven wire. Just before winter hit, small trees, native to the area were set in the plot's circular open front, such as pink and white dogwood, red bud, sugar maple and lombardy poplar. Old-timey flowering shrubs are yet to be set out, including forsythia, snowball, s p i r e a, rose of Sharon, flowering quince, crab and peach, beauty bush and mock orange. In the spring, flower beds will be planted to such as zinnias, marigolds, coxcombs, lantanas, salvia, and aguretum. Later, there may be an "Iris" walk and climbing roses along the front fence. Local "Austin" women planning all this include Mrs. Flora Hefner, Mrs. Clara Brazzel, Mrs. Pearl Austin, Mrs. Maude Rushing and Miss Zelma O'Neal. Major money expense, according to Secretary-Treasurer Jesse B. Austin, has been for the impressive monument already erected to the memory of the Charles Austins. The monument marks the approximate site of the Austin couple's graves. The front has the names, and birth and death years of the couple who emigrated from Anson County, N. C, in 1825 to settle nearby; and also the names of the second of their even dozen children, Rachel Austin, and her husband, Archibald Jones, also buried in the cemetery. At the time of the death in 1854 of the wife of Charles Aus- 3 , ' ' yy" wi '"y-'"'' m I GRANDCHILDREN OF SETTLERS Charles Sith Austin of Nashville and Elsby Austin Pruitt (Mrs. W. S.) Record of Jack son are the only living grandchildren of Charles and Phoebe Woodward Austin, first settlers of the Scotts Hill area. Harvey - - (Continued from Page 4) future of mail order buying and foresaw the day when catalog houses would be able to flash pictures of merchandise over telephone wires onto a screen in your home. The "picture phones," the Journal guessti mates, are "less than 15 years away. In metropolitan Chic i g o. Wards is now offering next day delivery of telephone-odered merchandise. Spiegel, in Chicago, is truck ing parcel-post size merchandise to the airport and shipping it by jet delivery m California within two days. In 1963, some 46 million big general catalogs were distributee! in the United States. That is 15 per cent more than five years ago, and the selection of merchandise is infinitely more varied. Sears' largest store can stock but 80,000 items. The Sears catalog lists 135,000. Prices? Because of reduced overhead, more merchants figure the same item can se sold for 5 to 10 per cent less by mail. But the convenience for the purchaser is the important premium. Most of the old objections to catalog buying: "We're out of that item." "You sent the wrong size," "Confused billing" these objections will be minimized as competition increases. What do you know? The mail order catalog, which one? brought the farmer to town, now a tin, they had several grand- j childern and she had become' familiarly known as "Granny. Austin." j Her husband, now a prosper-' ous county squire, selected! from among their big land holdings "the most beautiful spot in which to bury such a j fine little wife and also any others of our kinfolks and neighbors." Soon the site was spoken of as "The Granny Austin Graveyard," and the name still holds. Being planned now is a big ! Austin-homecoming, set at this place for Aug. 1, 1964. Already whole families from as far away as California, New York, Montana, Florida, Hawaii and even Germany are planning vacation travels this way so as to be a part of the 500 or more Austin cousins expected. Direct to Lagos LAGOS, Nigeria (AP)-Ni geria Airways has announced "provisional joint agreement with Pan American Airways to establish direct jet flights between Nigeria and the U.S. The agreement was not an nounced in detail. It is subject to the approval of the govern-! ments of both countries and the' airlines' board of directors. I Furniture Companq Main at Market Across from 1st Nat'l Bank PHONE 424-1811 This Is Our Annual Storewide SAVE 20-30-40 ON HOME SAVE: Up to $100. on Norge Refrigerator, $75 on Norge $75 on Norge Automatic Washer, $60 on $75 on 3-4 & 5 pc. Sectional Sofas & 2 pc. Similar savings throughout the store during m DOWN P AYMENT NO PAYMENTS 'TIL MAR. '64. MAKE YOUR SELECTIONS NOW & SAVE! WILL STORE FREE UNTIL YOU ARE READY FOR DELIVERY. Market

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  1. The Jackson Sun,
  2. 29 Dec 1963, Sun,
  3. Page 5

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